Sunday, October 26, 2014


October is one of my favorite months out of the whole year.  In the last few days we have packed so much fall fun in.

Wednesday with our afterschool program at church, we visited the Conner's pumpkin patch.  They are so gracious and allow all of our preschool classes and afterschool program kiddos to visit their pumpkin patch.  Here is my sweet little pumpkin in the patch!

Thursday night I had a special time with Pops, Kyle and his good friend Tanner.  We went to the Va Tech/Miami game!  Lets don't talk about the final score and the fact that Tech kind of stunk it up, lets instead talk about how much fun it was to hang out with Kyle, my Dad and Tanner at the game:) Poor Hokies, I love them even when they break my heart. I love that Tech games are special times with my own Dad and my boys. 

Pre-game festivities.  We cheered our hearts out for them! 
Saturday morning Hope had her last soccer game.  It was chilly but this little love has loved Upward soccer season!

My pictures are out of order, but tonight at church we had a community outreach event with a worship service, hot dog dinner, and trunk or treat based on the book Where the Wild Things are by Maurice Sendak. Our preschool staff did a trunk based on Charlie Brown's Great Pumpkin! Here are Hope and Sydney in front of our amazing trunk that Christy Barr did! She is amazingly crafty.

My sweet three before church this morning.
This year David desperately wanted to be a ninja so we got on Pinterest and found an easy to make ninja costume using a roaster pan! We painted the pan, made a felt mask, and then tied it on his back for the turtle shell:) Thanks Pinterest-we had fun making it and the total costume was about $2.

Hope wanted to be Sophia the first which we already had a costume for, and David as a ninja! They were so excited to go to church tonight in their costumes:)

The night started with worship with a packed house. There were almost 350 folks at church for worship-it was beautiful chaos with kids in costumes worshipping. David of course had his normal seat on the front row! We are blessed with an amazing praise band at church.

Amber not only came tonight but she herself dressed as a ninja turtle. God has certaily brought some amazing people into David's life. We are blessed.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

God shows up and shows off

Yesterday was an awesome day.  I taught preschool, Mike went to work, the kids went to school and on the outside life looked pretty mundane.

But yesterday God showed off in a pretty big way.  I have been praying very hard for an acquaintance and yesterday out of the blue this sweet gal approached me and we had the best chat about her relationship with God.  She had no idea that I had been praying for her and her family and out of the blue and right there on an ordinary Tuesday we chatted about God.  Pretty remarkable stuff. 

I found this picture on my phone from our Winston-Salem trip this past weekend.  Hilarious! 

Another picture from our trip?  Where is my little girl??  She looks so grown up in this picture. 
Okay, back to my God shows off in an amazing way on an ordinary Tuesday story.  David has in the past had major sensory issues from his neck up.  He has hated anything that has had to do with his face, hair and neck like teeth brushing, hair cutting and combing, face washing, etc...
Just a week ago he conquered the haircut issue and for the first time in his life got a real haircut at a barber shop!! We were so excited and so proud of our dude.  He is so proud of how much of a big boy he is, that he now insists to wear layers of deodorant a day.  Ha!

Yesterday on a normal Tuesday, God was with us at the dentist with David and he allowed his teeth to be cleaned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He loves Dr. Bill (Dr. Bill Thompson in Chilhowie for local folks) and he allowed Alice to clean his teeth, do a flouride treatment, and do a panoramic xray!  I love this picture because not only can you see how awesome he is doing, but check out Mike holding his hand.  My heart can barely contain the joy.....

During the cleaning, Mike and I kept grabbing each other's hand in shock and excitement that our David, who has fought us some on simple teeth brushing, was letting Dr. Bill and Alice get in his mouth!  It must be all that manly deodorant he is putting on, but our David is growing up!  We are so proud of him.

Here he is doing the panoramic xray!!  Mind blowing stuff that only our God could have accomplished on a boring Tuesday. 
Not only did he walk out with sparkling clean teeth, but Dr. Bill reported that David only has one tiny little cavity on the backside of a tooth.  It is a baby tooth so we may or may not have to have it filled.  David is going to go to the orthodontist for a consult for some teeth alignment issues.  Considering how much chemo David has had, how many mouth sores during chemo that kept us from brushing for weeks at a time while in the hospital, and how long it has been since a good cleaning, it is a miracle from God that he only has one teeny little cavity.  I wanted to shout praises from the rooftop when I left the dentist yesterday.  Only our God could have calmed David's sensory issues, blessed us with Dr. Bill and Alice, and protected David's teeth during cancer treatment. 
Yep, only our God would show off and bless us on a normal and boring Tuesday.  Amen.

Monday, October 20, 2014

2014 Buddy Walk!

Down Syndrome Creed
Author Unknown

My face may be different
But my feelings the same
I laugh and I cry
And I take pride in my gains

I was sent here among you
To teach you to love
As God in heaven
Looks down from above.

To Him I'm no different
His love knows no bounds
It's those here among you
 in cities in towns
That judge me by standards
That man has imparted
But this family I have chosen
Will help me get started

For I'm one of the children
So special and few
That came here to learn
That same lessons as you

That love is acceptance
It must come from the heart
We all have the same purpose
Though not the same start

The Lord gave me life
To live and embrace
And I'll do as you do
But at my own pace.

Thank you to the special and wonoderful souls who came to walk with us yesterday to celebrate our kids who are "fearfully and wonderfully" made by God. 

This is a wonderful community for our children because they are so loved, accepted, and valued for how God made them.  Thank you dear friends for loving our children like we do.